|2nd type conditional sentence|
The second conditional is used to talk about situations or actions in the present or future which are not likely to happen or are imaginary, hypothetical or impossible.
- If I were a rich woman, I would travel around the world. I think it is very unlikely that I will be rich. However, in this unlikely condition, I will travel around the world.
- If I weren't / wasn't watching TV now, I would be playing tennis. I am watching TV, but I am imagining an alternative activity I would be doing if I wasn't watching TV
- If I were an alien, I would be able to travel around the universe. It is impossible for me to be an alien. However, I am imagining what I would do in this situation.
If + past simple + conditional (would)
Conditional (would) + if + past simple
Verb be is usually were for all subjects; was (1st & 3rd person) is colloquial.
If I were a rich man (Fiddler in the Roof-movie)
If today was your last day (Nickleback)
If I were a boy (Beyonce)
- Malted ESO-4 unit 7 (Gwineth and the Wizard)